Wednesday, 1/30/19

While yesterday was a low key day for Morgan, today was quiet the opposite. The morning started with her having an echocardiogram followed by an appointment with her oncologist. While in the clinic, her port was accessed, labs drawn & IV chemotherapy started.

The chemotherapy itself took about an hour to run, but she had to be observed for an additional hour following it. This was the first time for Morgan to receive this particular drug, so certain precautions had to be taken. That said, I think she tolerated the procedure well, as she slept through the majority of it. This is likely due to the premedication that she received upon arrival.

Now, we wait and see how her body will respond to the chemo as it begins to do its job. Unfortunately, as her blood counts begin to drop there are many potential side effects that can occur. Fever being the most common. Let’s pray that they are minimal, if any.

On that note, I will end there. Please plan on meeting us back here on Friday for another update on Morgan & on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Team-Morgan-1965696367072741/ , until then! Thank you, guys!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Monday, 1/28/19

Good Monday evening, everyone. I hope you all had a good weekend, and that your week is off to a great start. Morgan has had a reasonable past couple of days; although, she chose to stay indoors all day Saturday due to being fatigued. She did enjoy a little time out of the house yesterday morning with her father & I while watching THE UPSIDE at a nearby movie theater. Since her immune system is generally low, we always try to go to the first showing of the day, if we go. This has worked out best for us in many ways, especially since there are very few people in attendance.

That said, Morgan did experience some dizziness off and on while we were at the theater and for some time afterwards. There were actually a number of times when she had to hang on to either John or myself to keep from falling. I honestly don’t know what the cause of it was, but it seemed to resolve as the day progressed. We will discuss this with her physician at her upcoming appointment or sooner, if it occurs again. Let’s pray that it doesn’t.

With that said, we will plan on updating you guys here again on Wednesday. Please be sure to follow Morgan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Team-Morgan-1965696367072741/ , until then. May you guys get a goodnights rest, and have an awesome Tuesday! Sweet dreams!

Warmest regard,

Salina Watson

Friday, 1/25/19

Thursday and Friday have been fair for Morgan; although, she has been waking up extremely fatigued. We are not sure if it is a result of the leukemia or the new oral chemotherapy that she started last week. Perhaps, its a combination of the two.

This morning she woke up with a headache and could be found either sitting in the recliner or laying in bed. Unfortunately, Tylenol does not help with her headaches when they occur, and she is not able to take Ibuprofen with her diagnosis . Being that she refuses to take anything stronger for them, this means that she has to let them pass on their own. Unless of course it is a result of a low blood level , in which case she would receive a blood transfusion as she did on Tuesday.

Any how, Morgan did manage to run a couple of errands with me this afternoon, which I think may have been beneficial for her. Perhaps its just the mother in me, but I always feel like fresh air does a person good.  Not to mention a little sunlight. There is just something about it that can raise a persons spirits & make them feel better, if only for just a bit. This was the case for Morgan, as she quickly jumped back into bed once we arrived home.

On that note, we will plan on seeing you guys back here on Monday with an update and on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Team-Morgan-1965696367072741 until then. We hope you all have a great weekend.

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Wednesday, 1/23/19

Yesterday, Morgan and I spent the majority of the day at the hospital where she received 2 units of blood. Since her relapse in June, she has needed transfusions every 1-2 weeks. In the beginning, it was actually a couple of times per week. Thankfully, she did well during the procedure, and even managed to sneak in a nap, which is rare for her.

We did speak to 3 of her providers throughout the day, and we all agreed that she would start IV chemotherapy in addition to the new oral chemo that she started last week. Although it would have been ideal for her to start that on yesterday, we are still waiting on approval from our insurance company before getting started. Hopefully, that will be resolved next week so that we can move forward. While in conversation, we planned for John, Morgan & I to consult with another oncologist in the near future to get information on a bone marrow transplant. Although, we are not considering a transplant currently due to her previous side effects with treatment, we are just gathering information at this time.

Also, due to Morgan’s history of pulmonary hypertension with one of the chemotherapy’s that she received during her initial diagnosis, an EKG was performed yesterday before we left the hospital. We are waiting on results of it. In addition to that, an echocardiogram is  being scheduled for next week. Let’s pray that these 2 test come back normal as she had a short episode of chest pain after starting oral chemo last week.

Well guys, I think that about sums it up. Thank you all for keeping up with Morgan’s journey, and continuing to show her & our family such love & support. If you are not already following her on Facebook and would like to do so, please click on the link to her Team Morgan page ( https://www.facebook.com/Team-Morgan-1965696367072741/ ) and be sure to follow this blog by hitting the follow button at the bottom of the screen. Thank you!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Monday

For the past couple of days Morgan has been pretty fatigued and complaining of headaches off & on. Generally, headaches for her signal a low hemoglobin that requires a blood transfusion. The need for this was confirmed early this afternoon when we received her lab results from this morning. Hopefully, once she receives the 2 units of blood that have been ordered for her, she’ll be feeling a bit better.

With that said , she did manage to spend the afternoon with a close friend of ours today. The two of them visited at her house, while watching movies together. It was a much needed time away from home that left her walking into the house with a Chick Fil A bag in hand upon returning . Considering that she loves Chick Fil A, I’d say that was a good ending for the day.

Now, let’s pray that Morgan gets a good nights rest, and that tomorrow is a better one. After all, all days are good; although, some are better than others. At least, that is what a friend once told me. Sweet dreams, everyone!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

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Morgan’s Update- Saturday, 1/19/19

The past 2 days have been reasonable for Morgan Watson. Yesterday, she and I enjoyed lunch together at Chick Fil A, followed by a stop at the grocery store and pharmacy. Today, with the cold temperatures that settled into north Texas,  Morgan stayed indoors with the rest of us. The Watson’s love the cold weather, as long as we are some place where it is warm.;)

On that note, Morgan did start her new oral chemotherapy yesterday evening. To be honest, standing in line at the pharmacy waiting on the technician to bring it out to us had this mom a little emotional. Although I managed to hold it in, the realization of what was happening was just a little sad to me. All I could think about as we stood there was how much Morgan has already endured while fighting this beast. The start of a new chemotherapy means that the fight has become a little more difficult. Thankfully, our girl, is a fighter and has no intention of giving in. In fact, that is just what she told her physician on Tuesday. Her exact words to her were, ” It is what it is. I’m not quitting”!

So here we are, standing in the ring with gloves on, ready to fight. We understand that our efforts alone will not win the battle, but with The Lord on our side, we have already won! My prayer is that each of you will continue to pray for Morgan & our family as we go to battle. Pray for peace, strength, guidance &  endurance. Most of all, pray that The Lords will shall be done in & through us all!#TeamMorgan

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

 

Thursday

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The older I get combined with the experiences that I encounter, the more I realize just how little control we truly have in this life. Although the majority of us can control the things we say, think and do, we don’t have control of anything beyond that. The realization of this sunk in just a little deeper Tuesday while at Morgan’s doctors appointment.

Although we knew that we would be receiving the results of her bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap from last week, we had no idea of what that would intel. After a lengthy conversation with one of her oncologist, we learned that the immunotherapy (Car-T)  that she had in early October was no longer working and that she does indeed have leukemia cells in her bone marrow. If you can recall, the past 2 times that she had a bone marrow biopsy done after the Car-T infusion, she did not have leukemia cells, but further testing on the marrow revealed the Philadelphia (+) chromosome both times, which is a precursor for her specific type of leukemia.

So, now what? Well, the answer to that question is a tough one. Typically in a case as such, patients would be preparing to have a bone marrow transplant; however, as we all know, Morgan is not a typical patient. Given her previous history of side effects that she is still living with today, her medical team feels like it would be too risky for her to endure; although they did not rule it out completely. That said, they gave us 2 options in regards to treatment, both of which would mean oral & IV chemotherapy. One of them would basically be just to keep things at bay, while the other has a better chance of her reaching remission; although, it does have the potential of causing liver toxicity.  This particular treatment plan would require daily oral chemotherapy, and weekly IV chemotherapy 3 weeks per month for 6 months.

With that said, when we left the doctors office on Tuesday, the doctor agreed that we should take a few days to think about all that was discussed, and follow up with them next week with our decision moving forward. In the mean time, her staff was going to initiate authorizations for both chemotherapy’s (oral/IV). She also mentioned sending us to another oncologist for a consultation, if we decide to go that route.

On that note, all I can say to you is that we do not know what the future holds, but we are confident that HE is there. And while this news was new to us, it was of no surprise to HIM. We believe that although this disease is not of his doing, HE is doing something beautiful with it. For His word says, “what was meant for your harm, I will use for your good.

Therefore, we are going to face each day as it comes. For we know that as long as there is breath in our lungs, there is a plan & a purpose for us all. From her initial diagnosis until now, Morgan has chosen to live fully, and to do so while fulfilling The Lords mission for her life.  In fact, for the past few days she and I have been creating this website and        Team Morgan Facebook page, which is something that we have been wanting to do. With a goal of writing a book about her journey this year, we thought it would be in our best interest to have everything documented in one place. We were hoping that place would be her website, but being that we had issues moving it from Facebook to the site, we had to move it to a FB page, instead. However, starting with this blog post forward all updates will be posted on her site & shared on her Team Morgan Facebook page.

We hope that you guys will continue to be a part of this beautiful journey. Thank you for your continued support for Morgan and our family. We love you, guys.

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson